Friday, July 13, 2012


The Camden Riversharks took four of their last five into the All-Star Break and were looking to pick up where they left off in the start of the second half Friday night.

They had a lot going their way. They came in 6-4 against the Patriots and Camden's starter, Keith Weiser, was coming off his best start of the season; a six inning shut out of the best hitting team in the league: the Lancaster Barnstormers.

The Somerset Patriots had other ideas. In what proved to be an overall wacky game, the Patriots hit four home runs en route to a 6-4 victory Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. The four homers allowed equals the highest total Camden (0-1, 34-36) has allowed in a game all season.

Keith Weiser (4-5) danced around three hits in the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third. After retiring the first two men in the inning, Weiser gave up a double off the left field wall to Jeff Nettles. The next batter, Jesse Hoorelbeke, drilled a two-run home run over that same fence, putting Somerset (1-0, 36-35) up 2-0. In ten games against Camden, Hoorelbeke has hit five home runs.

The next inning, Yusuf Carter hit his fourth home run in five games on the first pitch of the fourth inning. He was followed up by another solo shot off the bat of Jonny Tucker, putting the Pats up 4-0.

They posted their third straight two-run inning in the fifth with a two-run bomb from Aaron Mathews, chasing Weiser from the ballgame. Weiser went 4.1 inning, giving up six runs on eight hits.

Meanwhile his counterpart, Doug Arguello, was sensational. He allowed just one hit through his first five innings, allowing three base runners.

The sixth looked to be more of the same, retiring the first two batters in the inning. Then the inning took a wacky turn, with five straight batters all reaching in different ways. Paddy Matera drew a walk , Eduardo Perez was hit on the toe by a pitch, putting two on for Pedro Feliz, who knocked one over the left field wall to cut the lead in half, 6-3.

Then Raul Padron struck out, which should have ended the inning, but the ball skipped past Carter to the screen, allowing Padron to reach. Alvin Colina followed up with a grounder to the first baseman, Jake Fox, but the ball rolled right through his legs (Buckner style) to put runners at the corners. A wild pitch during Steve Doetsch's at bat scored Padron from third and made the score 6-4.

After the craziness settled, Arguello (5-3) went six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out seven. Both hits came off the bat of Feliz.

Each bull pen used four arms to close out the game; the Sharks staff went 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just a pair of singles to keep Camden in the game.

The Pats 'pen was equally effective, allowing one hit through three innings. The one hit came off closer Josh Rupe, who gave up a leadoff single to Alvin Colina in the ninth, but he tried to stretch it into a double and was cut down. Rupe finished off the inning uneventfully to pick up his 15 save of the season. The Sharks look to rebound in game two on Saturday night.

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